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MAQUET Cardiovascular Awarded Three-Year Contract From Premier Healthcare Alliance for Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps
Date:10/10/2011

WAYNE, N.J., Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MAQUET Cardiovascular, a leading provider of cardiovascular technologies, announced today that it has signed a three-year, dual-source contract with Premier Healthcare Alliance to provide intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABP) to the Premier membership.  The contract includes the CS300 product line, as well as the MEGA™ 8Fr. 50cc IABP Catheter, SENSATION® 7Fr. IABP Catheter and LINEAR™ 7.5Fr. IABP Catheter, which are used in the treatment of cardiogenic shock, acute heart failure, irregular heart rhythms, cardiac surgery, and percutaneous coronary intervention.  This contract represents the seventh such contract with Premier covering a wide range of MAQUET Cardiovascular's product lines.

"We are excited to expand existing – and solidify new – agreements with Premier Healthcare Alliance to grow our business," said Raoul Quintero, President of MAQUET Cardiovascular US Sales.  "We see these agreements as a critical part of our business, with GPOs contributing nearly 70 percent of our current revenue.  We remain fully committed to building these valuable partnerships to strengthen in-hospital presence of our cardiovascular products."

About MAQUET IABP

MAQUET is the global leader in intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) counterpulsation therapy. The company's continuing dedication to meeting the needs of interventionalists and cardiac surgeons through its ongoing program of research and development in IABP consoles, IAB catheters and related accessories have produced the most advanced technology offering known today. This, combined with the company's never ending commitment to clinical education, make MAQUET the gold standard for patients requiring mechanical cardiac assist. To learn more please visit MAQUET's website, http://ca.maquet.com/

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 75,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. http://www.premierinc.com. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About MAQUET

As a trusted partner for hospitals and clinicians since 1838, MAQUET is a global leader in medical systems that advance surgical interventions, cardiovascular procedures and critical care. MAQUET develops and designs innovative products and therapeutic applications for the operating room, hybrid OR/cath lab, intensive care unit and patient transport within acute care hospitals, improving outcomes and quality of life for patients.

Cardiovascular specialties include intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation (IABC) therapy for cardiac assist; coronary artery bypass surgery; aortic and peripheral vascular surgery; and extracorporeal circulation. The Critical Care portfolio includes market-leading intensive care ventilators and anesthesia machines. MAQUET also equips Surgical Workplaces with critical infrastructure, such as flexible room design for OR and ICU; OR tables; lights and ceiling supply units; and OR integration for image data management.

MAQUET is a subsidiary of the publicly listed Swedish GETINGE GROUP. In 2010, MAQUET generated nearly half of the company's annual revenue of $3.2 billion. The company has 12,000 employees worldwide, including 5,000 employees in 36 international sales and service organizations, as well as a network of more than 250 sales representatives. For more information please visit www.maquet.com and www.getingegroup.com.

MAQUET – The Gold Standard.


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